10 Best Shoes For Half Marathon Women's

Updated on: April 2021

Best Shoes For Half Marathon Women's in 2021


ASICS Women's Gel-Excite 6 Running Shoes, 9M, MID Grey/Blue Coast

ASICS Women's Gel-Excite 6 Running Shoes, 9M, MID Grey/Blue Coast
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021

Brooks Womens Levitate 2 Running Shoe - Coral/Blue/Black - B - 9.5

Brooks Womens Levitate 2 Running Shoe - Coral/Blue/Black - B - 9.5
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • SHOE SIZE: "B" = Medium width
  • FOOT SUPPORT: Ideal for runners with a medium to high arch looking for neutral support.
  • ENERGIZED FEEL: Delivers a responsive and springy ride to add extra lift to your stride without compromising support or speed.
  • ENERGIZED CUSHIONING: With the most energy return of leading performance running shoes, the DNA AMP midsole technology in Levitate 2 gives you back more of the effort you put in.
  • INTUITIVE FIT, INCOGNITO COMFORT: The inside of the highly adaptable Fit Knit upper holds a host of comfort features to keep you running at your best.

Under Armour Women's Charged Assert 8 Running Shoe, Pitch Gray (100)/White, 9

Under Armour Women's Charged Assert 8 Running Shoe, Pitch Gray (100)/White, 9
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • NEUTRAL: For runners who need a balance of flexibility & cushioning
  • Lightweight mesh upper with 3 color digital print delivers complete breathability
  • Durable leather overlays for stability & that locks in your midfoot
  • EVA sockliner provides soft, step in comfort
  • Charged Cushioning midsole uses compression molded foam for even greater responsiveness & durability, providing optimal cushioning & energy return

ASICS Women's Gel-Excite 4 Running Shoe, Blueprint/Silver/Mint, 8.5 D US

ASICS Women's Gel-Excite 4 Running Shoe, Blueprint/Silver/Mint, 8.5 D US
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • Rearfoot GEL Cushioning System: Attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance.
  • Removable Sockliner: A sockliner which can be removed to accommodate a medical orthotic.
  • AHAR Outsole: Acronym for ASICS High Abrasion Rubber. Placed in critical areas of the outsole for exceptional durability.
  • Reflectivity

New Balance Women's 10v1 Minimus Trail Running Shoe, Magnet/Bleached Lime glo, 7 B US

New Balance Women's 10v1 Minimus Trail Running Shoe, Magnet/Bleached Lime glo, 7 B US
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • Synthetic/Mesh Upper
  • Antimicrobial Treatment to Reduce Odor
  • Vibram Outsole
  • Acteva
  • 4 MM Drop

Brooks Womens Revel 2 Running Shoe - Black/Grey/Arctic Dusk - B - 8.0

Brooks Womens Revel 2 Running Shoe - Black/Grey/Arctic Dusk - B - 8.0
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • SHOE SIZE: “B” = Medium width
  • FOOT SUPPORT: Ideal for runners with a medium to high arch looking for neutral support.
  • CUSHIONED FEEL: Soft and protective, these shoes provide just the right amount of cushion in each step to let you float through your run, walk and everyday life.
  • PLUSH CUSHIONING AND FLOAT FEEL: BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning dynamically adapts to your stride, providing comfortable cushioning for just-right softness underfoot to let you float through your stride.
  • SOFT, COMFORTABLE AND VERSATILE FIT: The shoe’s internal bootie surrounds your foot in all-day comfort, no matter how your foot naturally moves whether you’re on a run, walk or the gym.

Saucony Women's Echelon 7 Running Shoe, Teal, 10.5 M US

Saucony Women's Echelon 7 Running Shoe, Teal, 10.5 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • A roomy toe box provides ample room for feet to splay, while the midfoot and heel elements frame your foot to hold it in place
  • The echelon 7 is also helpful for runners who suffer from underpronation, also known as supination
  • Closure Type: lace-up

Brooks Womens Adrenaline GTS 19 Running Shoe - Black/Purple/Coral - 2E - 7.5

Brooks Womens Adrenaline GTS 19 Running Shoe - Black/Purple/Coral - 2E - 7.5
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • SHOE SIZE: "B" = Medium width, "D" = Wide width, "2A" = Narrow width, "2E" = Extra wide width
  • FOOT SUPPORT: Ideal for runners with all arches looking for support. Our new Guiderail Support System focuses beyond the feet to the most injury-prone part of a runner’s body: the knees. GuideRails keep you moving comfortably by keeping excess movement in check.
  • CUSHIONED FEEL: Soft and protective, these shoes provide just the right amount of cushion in each step to let you float through your run, walk and everyday life.
  • BALANCED, SOFT CUSHIONING: BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT cushioning work together to provide a just-right softness underfoot without losing responsiveness and durability—yet it feels lighter than ever.
  • MODERNIZED FIT: Engineered mesh and the 3D Fit Print upper provide the structure and proven fit of this Go-To Shoe with a streamlined look.

Brooks Womens Ariel '18 - Grey/Grey/Pink - 11.0 - D Wide

Brooks Womens Ariel '18 - Grey/Grey/Pink - 11.0 - D Wide
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • FOOT SUPPORT: Ideal for runners with a flat to medium arch looking for support.
  • MAXIMUM CUSHION AND SUPPORT: Super soft and protective, these shoes provide the maximum stability with a soft, cushioned feel.
  • PLUSH CUSHIONING AND FULL-BODY ALIGNMENT: The Super DNA midsole provides 25% more adaptable cushioning than our standard DNA midsole while the Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollerbar guides your body back into its natural motion path with added support.
  • ENHANCED FIT: The improved fit of the soft, engineered air mesh upper offers a spacious toe box, structured saddle, and an external heel counter for reinforced stability.
  • GUARANTEE: With Brooks’ True Blue Guarantee, take your gear for a trial run and if you’re not 100% satisfied within 90 days, return it for free.

Skechers Women's GO Run FAST-15106 Sneaker, Black/White, 8.5 M US

Skechers Women's GO Run FAST-15106 Sneaker, Black/White, 8.5 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • Lightweight, responsive 5Gen cushioning
  • Skechers Air Cooled Goga Mat insole
  • Breathable engineered mesh upper

13.1 Miles: The Perfect Run

Why you should run a half marathon, along with a list of the best races to take part in.

When one thinks of the number 13, we often conjure up negative images, most often related to bad luck. Yet the 13.1 miles of a half marathon is anything but. By simply adding the point one, thoughts quickly change to fitness, fun and finishing.

Running a marathon is a great accomplishment. I have personally run five, including the Grand Daddy of them all, the Boston Marathon. So I feel that I can make an honest assessment of the training. In a nutshell, it takes too much time, too much discipline, too much commitment. Basically, it just takes too much.

The half marathon, on the other hand, is not as all consuming. One might even say that it takes half the time, half the discipline, half the commitment. Or as Goldie Locks might say, "It's Just Right!"

Although you will find few books on how to run a half marathon, there are countless articles that include training schedules, based on six months, three months, or even a one-month buildup. Remember, the run is still a physical challenge and should not be looked upon lightly. If you haven't run at least a 10K, then caution should be used before scheduling your first half.

Most articles you will find will focus on the "race" as opposed to the "completion." To a fault, events are pegged as competitions, when 80 percent of the entrants are running for fun and fitness. You will find on-site vendors hawking their wares and products to make you go faster, few focus on making the run more enjoyable.

Training is no different. Speed workouts and heart rate monitors abound to help you keep in the optimum training mode. However, unless you are really an elite runner and God has decided to give you a runner's build and increased lung capacity, I would opt for a fitness program that you can enjoy. I find slow, long distance runs the best and most enjoyable methods of training for me. It gives me time to relax and reflect, while still building up the stamina I need.

When picking a half marathon to run, I encourage runners to choose an event where the featured race is the half marathon and not an afterthought to a marathon. After all, running 13.1 miles is no easy feat, so don't have your effort looked down upon by those who have just completed the full 26.2 miles.

13 Perfect Runs

January - Los Angeles HM (L.A., CA)

February - Goldsboro Heart and Sole HM (Goldsboro, NC)

March - New York City HM (New York, NY)

April - Race for the Roses HM (Portland, OR)

May - Middlebury Maple Run HM (Middlebury, VT)

June - Virginia Wine County HM (Purcellville, VA)

July - Red, White amp; Boom HM (Minneapolis, MN)

August - America's Finest City HM (San Diego, CA)

September - Denver HM (Denver, CO)

October - Disney Wine amp; Dine HM (Orlando, FL)

November - U.S. HM (San Francisco, CA)

December - XTERRA Trail Run HM (Oahu, HI)

** Special Mentions**

13.1 ½ Marathon Series. These promoters are growing the half marathon with stops in eight cities. Their motto is "Where the Party Meets the Pavement."

Rock N Roll Marathon and ½ Marathon Series. This group promotes a series of marathons and half marathons. Although the emphasis is typically on the longer run, they do have some events that are just half marathons.

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